Posts Tagged ‘Selections’

Selecting text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Selecting text in InDesign

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Got two minutes? Great. Check out this week’s top-secret tip on something David Blatner calls “the keyboard dance”, a technique for making really precise text selections in Adobe InDesign straight from the keyboard. You can even select text before the cursor. So let your fingers do the talking and click through for the full tip.

InDesign Secrets: Selecting through and into objects

Published by | Thursday, October 6th, 2011

One of the more natural things I like about InDesign (as opposed to, say, Photoshop) is that you can more easily grab the elements you want and move them around or edit their contents. However, if your layout becomes complicated with grouped and stacked and otherwise hard-to-grab objects, you need an arsenal of tips for selecting the item you’re aiming for. That’s exactly what David Blatner has for you in this week’s free InDesign Secrets episode.

The most all-purpose trick? Ctrl-click (Windows) or Cmd-click (Mac) through one object to get the item below. If your graphic frame is overlapping some text you need to edit, this is a sanity-saving measure for getting at the frame below. And David’s movie has a bunch of other secrets for selecting particular objects in a group or using layers to effectively select (or protect) items.

Meanwhile, for members, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has some more time- and mind-saving tips regarding the Swatches panel in the Online Training Library® this week.

Interested in more?
•  All the InDesign Secrets in the Online Training Library®
•  Courses by David Blatner the Online Training Library®
•  Courses by Anne-Marie Concepcion the Online Training Library®
•  Courses on InDesign the Online Training Library®

Deke’s Techniques: Automatically collapsing a selection

Published by | Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This week, Deke gives us a quick, practical tip on how to move, transform, and recolor items effectively—even if all you have to work with is a flat image. Imagine that you were presented with the graphic below, completely flattened, and thus any impulse you had to rearrange or change the colors of the elements inside the image was thouroughly thwarted. Well, some simple tricks from Deke show you how to use a combination of the standard Marquee tool and (believe it or not) the much maligned Magic Wand to regain your designer’s power.

First off, Deke will show you how to simply move the words ‘for Design’ to a more interesting location, without threatening the descenders in the word ‘Photoshop’. Next, he’ll demonstrate a similar technique with the addition of the New > Layer via Cut command, the Transform command, and the Eyedropper tool, in order to not only move, but also resize and change the color of the brushstroke flourish at the bottom. The result is this simple but effective transformation:

Yes, sometimes Deke tries to encourage your wilder notions and sometimes he just knows you have to get everyday important work done. Either way, there’s a technique that’s free to all every week. And for members this week, an exlcusive members-only video in the Online Training Library® will give you a little creative bump by showing you how to add a magnifying glass that actually magnifies. Here’s a preview:

And remember to check back next week for another new free technique from Deke.

• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®
• courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #25 – Selection Calculations

Published by | Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

You may know that you can add to a selection in Photoshop by pressing the Shift key. But you can also press keys to subtract and find an intersection. Better yet, these tricks apply to layers, channels, and paths. They’re a power user’s dream, and in this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to best use them.